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Party politics

8 September 2012

I did not hit the town to celebrate on the night of 24 March 2011, when Barry O’Farrell swept to power in New South Wales. I imagine many did, however.… Read more

War stories

8 September 2012

The first and only political rally I ever joined in Australia was a large march through Sydney in February 2003. It was against Australia’s impending involvement in the invasion of… Read more

Calling the shots

8 September 2012

On 19 August, film director Tony Scott parked his car on a bridge over Los Angeles harbour, climbed a 12-foot wire fence and jumped to his death without hesitating. He… Read more

Urban grillers

8 September 2012

Remember when anti-Americanism was cool? Ten years ago, the broadsheet press and the ABC had not yet decided it ought to be illegal to make fun of the Prime Minister,… Read more

8 September 2012

Puzzling all the praise heaped on the Gonski report. It contains no new ideas and simply repeats the old discredited fantasy that money will solve all educational problems. The upshot… Read more

A visit from the Big Society

1 September 2012

You would expect Phillip Blond to have nicer things to say about Malcolm Turnbull. The British political guru is most famous for being the house philosopher of David Cameron’s kinder,… Read more

Diary Australia 1 September 2012

1 September 2012

Sydney airport, 6.30 a.m. Having spent the past 22 hours on a plane, we are queueing with our bags to pass through quarantine, and I’m getting irritated. From the corner… Read more

Friendly advice

1 September 2012

In the spirit of Oscar Wilde, who maintained that ‘a true friend stabs you in the front’, may we offer two Liberal lions who happen to be regular readers of… Read more

1 September 2012

After all the effort that many of us have put into making Australia a perfect multicultural society, free from jingoism and stereotyping, I was distressed to see our Prime Minister… Read more

How not to govern

1 September 2012

It is established wisdom in the Press Gallery that the Gillard-Abbott contest has eroded public respect for our political institutions and degraded our national debate to an internationally embarrassing level.… Read more

Diana as I knew her

1 September 2012

It was one of those nights when you wake up the next morning with a distinct feeling that all is not well with the world, yourself included. So you turn… Read more

1 September 2012

Good news from the Territory: Bess Price has won the seat of Stuart. The 16 per cent swing in her favour is one in the eye for all those lefties… Read more

THE WATCH

No laughing matter

25 August 2012
The Watch Nationwide

It’s a brave soul who buys a cinema ticket at this time of year, when all the studios try to bury their rubbish, and it’s a brave soul who buys… Read more

Lost in the smoke

25 August 2012

Imagine, for a moment, you were in charge of cutting Australia’s already quite low smoking rate. Would you a) spend a vast amount of time and treasure attacking the packaging… Read more

Diary Australia 25 August 2012

25 August 2012

I fly to China with Cathay Pacific, the largest shareholder of which is the British based Swire Group. The Swire Group and Jardine Matheson have survived for around 200 years… Read more

25 August 2012

One of the grave concerns of parents is bullying at school, that unbearable circumstance in which good, hard-working students are harassed and bashed by ferals in the playground. Instead of… Read more

Mr Bean goes to Ecuador

25 August 2012

When they come to make the inevitable tele-movie about the Assange affair, may we recommend that Sacha Baron Cohen play the part of Ecuadorean despot, sorry, er, president Rafael Correa… Read more

25 August 2012

Broomstick, the reflections of Dame Leonie Kramer on her life and times, does not begin at the start of her brilliant career but at the end — or at least… Read more

25 August 2012

You may have been wondering what I have been doing over the past few months when I should have been writing in The Spectator Australia. Well, at long last I… Read more

How a centre-right politican wins

25 August 2012

Bunting, banners, and balloons are now rolling into Tampa, Florida by the truckload in preparation for next week’s Republican National Convention. The convention marks the close of a bruising year-long… Read more

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Conduct becoming

25 August 2012

Every so often a programme appears which can be recommended even to people who hate television. Parade’s End (Friday, BBC1) is such a work. The awkward — one might think… Read more

Edinburgh snippets

25 August 2012

I saw a few car crashes at Edinburgh but I’ll mention only one. Hells Bells (Pleasance, Courtyard) by the excellent Lynne Truss is a peculiar experiment. Truss sets her play… Read more

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The great wall of Peckham

25 August 2012

The Peckham Peace Wall began life as a window: a long pane of shop glass in the front of Rye Lane’s newly refurbished branch of Poundland. During the riots last… Read more

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Working men’s clubs

25 August 2012

Where better to explore the history of the city than at its very heart? Guildhall Art Gallery, nestled between St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England, is currently home… Read more

Four play

25 August 2012
Tête à Tête Riverside Studios

Going to the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith for the annual season of Tête à Tête is a chancy affair, though one can be sure of a very high standard of… Read more